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Breaking Down the Cause of Chris Davis’ 2014 Slump

To the best of my knowledge, there has not yet been an advanced metric created to define being lost at the plate.  Unfortunately for Orioles fans, it would not take advanced statistical analysis to tell you that Chris Davis was exactly that in 2014.  Following an MVP caliber 2013 season, Davis never quite got untracked last season, and spent much of his time wandering back to the...
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Orioles need Jonathan Schoop to be productive

The Orioles lost some key pieces in the offseason and have some problems in the front office with Dan Duquette seemingly wanting out, but they still have a chance to compete in the AL East. Baltimore saw Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis, Andrew Miller, Kelly Johnson, and Joe Saunders leave in free agency so Jonathan Schoop’s presence needs to be felt in the lineup for the O’s in 2015...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles 2015 Preview and Prediction

After posting a winning record in three consecutive seasons, the Orioles could be challenged to finish above .500 in 2015 due to a lack of...
Via Athlon Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Returning from Tommy John surgery: Matt Wieters, Jose Fernandez

Returning from Tommy John surgery always is a long and arduous process and more players have gone through it in recent years than ever before. On Sunday two All-Star big leaguers took important steps towards their return to the game. The Baltimore Orioles‘ All-Star catcher Matt Wieters and Miami Marlins‘ ace pitcher Jose Fernandez each took big steps towards their recoveries...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 11

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' Manny Machado health, hopes to play full season

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Six months after his second knee surgery in two years, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reported to spring training happy, and so far healthy. Machado has yet to play a full major league season, and he's confident that 2015 is going to be the year. He suffered a left knee injury in Sept. 2013 that kept him out for the first month of last year, was...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nearby resident reportedly calls cops over Baltimore Orioles’ crowd noise drill

A resident living nearby the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training facilities in Sarasota, Fla., reportedly called police to complain about the excessive loudness emanating Ed Smith Stadium on Friday during a team exercise staged to prepare players for crowd noise. Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team was blaring the Camden Yards crowd’s...Read More The post...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Spring Training updates

Spring Training is underway for the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Florida as the team begins their chase for a second consecutive playoff berth. Buck Showalter’s squad has undergone many changes since last year’s Spring Training, but are still primed for a run at October. In Sarasota, the team has already gone through its first full-squad workout, and the first Grapefruit League...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Johan Santana signed by Blue Jays to minor league deal

Johan Santana’s baseball career is not over yet. Despite undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule in his shoulder twice — he missed all of 2011 and 2013 as he recovered — Santana is continuing his career. The Blue Jays announced Thursday they have signed the two-time Cy Young Award winner to a minor-league deal....Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How Much Will The Baltimore Orioles Regress?

It’s been a tumultuous offseason for the Baltimore Orioles, both on and off the field. The defending American League East champs were unable to retain reigning MLB home run leader Nelson Cruz, longtime starter and former franchise cornerstone Nick Markakis, and prized trade-deadline acquisition Andrew Miller. Altogether, the three were worth about 6.5 fWAR to the team last year...
Via Batting Leadoff
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles Prospect Profile: Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy. Photo Credit: Chris Gordon/Washington Post. Dylan Bundy may be coming off an injury and is not in the plans for Baltimore this season but he has a legitimate chance to be in the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation in 2016. In fact, you’ll probably see him on the mound in relief for the Orioles sometime this September. Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter has already...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cal Ripken says Gregg Zaun lied: ‘There was no abuse’

Former MLB catcher Gregg Zaun told some detailed stories last week about being hazed as a young player with the Baltimore Orioles, and how Hall of Famer Cal Ripken would abuse him. During an interview on Canada’s “Prime Time Sports,” Zaun talked about how grateful he was that Ripken, Ben McDonald, Brady Anderson, Chris Hoiles and other veterans disciplined him physically...
Via Sports-Glory
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles' Jimenez vows to rebound after disappointing year

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Ubaldo Jimenez is hoping that 2015 is a complete turnaround from 2014. A year ago, Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles when spring training was already underway. He then had a forgettable season, losing his spot in the starting rotation and wasn't even on the roster for the American League Championship Series. Jimenez was...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles catcher Wieters hopes to ready for opening day

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Matt Wieters has a definite goal this spring. He wants to be ready to catch on opening day. The Baltimore Orioles star, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June 17, is already catching bullpen sessions at spring training. He can hit, too. He just hasn't tried to throw out baserunners yet. Wieters is hoping he'll be ready to catch on the nine...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Pace of play, replay, Snider trade

Pace of play has been a hot topic all winter, and we finally have a resolution (at least for now) with MLB announcing some rule changes on Friday. Essentially, hitters will need to keep one foot in the box after taking a pitch, and inning breaks will be (somewhat) strictly limited to 2 minutes and 25 seconds (plus 20 more seconds for national TV games). There are exceptions, and...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB catcher talks about Cal Ripken Jr. physically abusing him

Former MLB catcher Gregg Zaun thinks young players need to be more respectful of the game, clubhouse atmosphere and their elders. Zaun thinks physical abuse and public humiliation like Cal Ripken and other veteran Orioles did to him as a rookie is the answer. Zaun shared some stories of getting beat up by Cal Ripken during a recent appearance on the Fan 590. From AndrewStoeten...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Baltimore Orioles

Nobody takes the Baltimore Orioles too seriously entering the season. The Baltimore Orioles surprise everyone and make the playoffs. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. After a relatively inactive offseason in which they saw several major free agents walk away, the Orioles was again are positioned to sneak up on the rest of the league, but do they really have another season of magic left in...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles nearing deal with infielder Everth Cabrera

On the day before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training in Sarasota, the Baltimore Orioles are close to reaching a one-year deal with former All-Star infielder Everth Cabrera, a six-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres. The deal should be worth around 2.4 million when completed. Cabrera can play both middle infield positions...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Developing Stories to Watch for Baltimore Orioles

The four greatest words in the English language are open for debate, but I would like to throw my own nomination into the running. “Pitchers and catchers report.” The Orioles will kick off Spring Training this Thursday when pitchers and catchers report to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The Orioles will be looking to pick up where the left off last season, a season in which they...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles: Interest in McGowan, game in Cuba

It’s been a rather uneventful week for the Baltimore Orioles, especially given how busy the previous few weeks were for them. Following the trades involving Steve Lombardozzi, Jr. and Michael Ohlman, the Orioles have stayed fairly idle. The team did finalize a minor league contract with outfielder Nolan Reimold, however. Reimold will be beginning his second stint as a member of...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #79: Manny Machado | 3B | BAL

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! It’s hard to believe Manny Machado will play a significant chunk of the 2015 MLB season at age 22 given all the things that have happened thus far in his MLB career: He’s played...
Via Baseball Professor
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Acquire Prospect Michael Ohlman from Orioles

Michael Ohlman was the Orioles’ 11th Round pick in the 2009 Draft. The 24-year-old has a career .254/.345/.375 batting line in the minors. Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun In a depth maneuver, the Cardinals added another catcher to their 40-man roster on Tuesday by picking up minor league backstop Michael Ohlman from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations...
Via Cardinals Farm
28 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Baltimore Orioles

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Baltimore Orioles. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta […]
Via Fangraphs
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Orioles Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday afternoon, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Baltimore Orioles. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Baltimore’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Orioles system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-NBA player, now a grandpa, has tryout with O's

In a quintessentially inspirational example of an athlete refusing to give up on his dreams, Mark Hendrickson is attending a Baltimore Orioles minicamp this week in the hopes of resuming his Major League Baseball pitching career. Hendrickson, 40, may be getting up there in years — as evidenced by the fact that he became a...Read More The post Ex-NBAer and former MLB player who...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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